Having lost a child I don't believe there is ever "peace" in the
tragedy. One only finds faith and hope to endure, there is always a sense of
loss and sadness that is entirely different from the loss of a parent or other
loved one…I know. I am impressed that the parents haven't spoken
out, the loss of a child cuts to the core and is difficult to speak of even
after time has passed. I hope the media will leave them alone.
Since I don't have tv, I haven't seen a lot of the coverage of this
tragedy. However, I wondered if any of the victims were from LDS families.
I'm glad that he was one of the first parents to speak up and to do so very
publicly. To me it says that he does have some peace in his heart, along with
the grief that he feels at the loss of his daughter. It's nice to see that
those in Ogden are actively supporting the family in a way that they can during
the difficult time in this family's life.
I'm grateful this man has the Gospel to give him what little perspective
there is to grasp in a tragedy such as this, and that perhaps that may help
those who "know not where to find it," but I have to strongly agree with
Gisele. He was not consciously thinking of proselyting when he made his
statements to the media. What kind of cold father could or would do that? He
was thinking of the loss of his daughter, of all those little ones, and how much
her light in this world will be missed.
This dad in my humble opinion wasn’t trying to teach the gospel through
his words, or his “Elder uniform” or whatever else. He was not in
peace. His suffering was almost touchable. He was in shock… the anger will
come. I admire him for giving support for the killer family. That´s why
people say Utah is the Happy Valley where bad things happen but anyway,
we’re mormons, all that matter is our Church… my goodness…
I caught Bro. Parker on CNN making his statement. I knew from what he said that
he must be LDS. That was confirmed by the article today about Ogden's pink
ribbons in welcoming the Parker family home. I agree that it was a missionary
moment and it warmed my heart to know that the Gospel will be that rock they can
hold onto in this time of trial. Knowing that Emilie will be in Heaven to greet
them when their time comes must surely bring solace.
Also the Adults. The Principal who lunged at the shooter,Janitor, teachers who
also lost their lives as heros. These true heros did not think for a minute
about their own safety but for the kids. The surviving staff and kids for
getting the other kids out safe, homes nearby were provided for the kids to get
out of the cold. Yes all are true heros..
Would have to agree with Craig Clark. This will take a lot of time for healing
for not just the family but for everyone. I would hope this country would spend
more time and money on the study and cure for Mental Illness.. Words of prayer
and hope for this beautiful family. Rest in peace little one..
as I understand it all the adults who died died while shielding the children.
died trying to protect them... I brings to my mind the scripture where our
Savior said "No greater love has a man than this, that he lie down his life
for a friend" may all who died RIP
It's difficult to find the right words when it comes to a tragedy of this
magnitude. So many precious souls were robbed of a future. It's my hope and
prayer that much discussion and decisions will be made toward increasing housing
and help for the mentally ill. It just can't be ignored any longer. If that
young man had gotten the mental health care he was in need of I believe we would
not have this terrible tragedy. The Government's focus is all mixed up and
needs to be seriously changed. All we can do is pray that these people who
represent our country will listen to the American people and put the priorities
in order. Guns only kill when their trigger is pulled by someone who is not in
control of their mental state.
Those little children all were perfect who died that day. Let's pray that
those who had to watch this happen will heal.
Well said, CF Mom! I hadn't thought of the fact that sweet Emilie's
death may result in some finding happiness who have been seeking it and
didn't know where to begin looking. God bless and comfort the Parker
I am also proud of Brother Parker. There was no question that he was grieving
for his precious daughter Emilie. We all grieve with him. Yet he stood at the
doors of his meeting house, dressed in "the uniform" of an elder
preaching the gospel of our Lord and Savior. He was the first of the parents to
speak. He used the teachable moment to honor Emilie by teaching and
demonstrating to the watching world the peace, understanding and compassion that
comes by knowing the Plan and Love of our Heavenly Father. While the networks
talked and wondered where it came from I thought, "Listen - You have just
been taught, Read the name on the wall next to him, make a call, find out more
and you can have that same peace and knowledge in your life" too. Brother
Parker has set the standard high, we have a mark to strive for when we each are
faced with a test. May God be with the Parker family until they met again.
May God bless them all. This family and every one of those killed, hurt, or
Wouldn't it be beautiful if Newtown lit luminaries up and down the town in
honor of those who died? Maybe Ogden could do it, also.
What a sweet, sweet, angle...watching over all of us.
I am SO proud of Emilie's dad, Robbie Parker, for choosing to speak to the
media about their little sweetheart and for sharing their feelings of compassion
for the shooter's family. "Preach the Gospel at all times; if
necessary, use words." Thank you, Robbie, for so eloquently doing both.
Little Emilie has blessed all our lives out here in Connecticut. We love you,
Emilie reminds me of my grand-niece. I hope her family can take comfort from
knowing where she is now.
I can't look at the picture of Emile or any of those kids without wanting